Better Air Quality
A Simpler, Cheaper and Greener Waste Service
Smarter Recycling offers businesses the unique opportunity to work together to reduce traffic and emissions in the Quarter. Working with two industry leading waste and recycling service providers, Paper Round and Westminster City Council’s Commercial Waste Service, we offer an area-wide scheme that helps businesses cut costs and meet their green goals by minimising waste and increasing recycling rates. The more businesses using the service, the better the area’s air quality as it means fewer providers coming in the Quarter to collect rubbish. Find out more about the service and its benefits here.
Our Click Collect website and information for members is designed to make it easier for people to arrange personal deliveries near home rather than adding to congestion and pollution in the Quarter. Here’s more information including a short video explaining how it works.
Zero and Low Emission Suppliers Directory
With the supply chain playing a significant role in London’s poor air quality, the Zero and Low Emission Suppliers Directory connects you with suppliers that use these specific types of vehicles to deliver goods and services. By choosing a supplier that uses zero or low emission vehicles, you are directly helping to improve air quality not only around your office, but along the entire route the vehicle takes to get to you. This online tool has been established by our colleagues at the Victoria BID and is a public directory available to all. So whether you are looking for office supplies, caterers, cleaners, couriers or anything else, browse the extensive list and choose a green supplier to reap the air quality benefits.
Marylebone Low Emissions Neighbourhood
We were a proud partner in this initiative led by Westminster City Council and other businesses, residents, TfL and other organisations in Marylebone, with a central focus on improving air quality throughout the area. Its projects included emissions based parking charges, increased electric vehicle charging points, anti-idling and air quality awareness campaigns and activities with local schools. This partnership demonstrates that by working together with the whole community we can achieve even greater impact for air quality. Find out more.
Travel Information For Staff & Visitors
To help your staff choose low emission travel options for getting around the Quarter and encourage exploring the neighbourhood, here are some resources you can share. These are especially useful for new starters.
- BakerStreetQ map
- TfL’s Journey Planner
- TfL’s walking tube map
- Find a Santander cycle hire docking station
To discover where the nearest Electric Vehicle charging points are you can search by location on the Council’s website. Go to Find a Charge Point.
Greening the Quarter
As part of our commitment to deliver more greenery to the area, we supported the Wild West End Garden on Old Quebec Street, an award-winning design at the Chelsea Flower Show as well as partnering with The Portman Estate and Derwent London to deliver George’s Park, a green oasis offering outdoor seating and a programme of pop-up stalls. Both parks offer locals an attractive space for respite and downtime and includes pollution tackling planting which helps our better air quality goals.
We have also seen 23 established size trees being planted as part of the Baker Street Two Way. You can view our Greenery Action Plan which sets out our ambitions to add even more greenery to the area.
Deliveries and Servicing Consolidation
Transport for London provide advice on efficient deliveries and how you can find effective, cost-efficient ways to make and receive deliveries. The toolkit to help reduce, re-time and consolidate deliveries and services is designed to ensure your businesses can meet the challenges of operating in London. These practical solutions not only help to reduce emissions but also cuts journey times and congestion.
Close The Door Campaign
We encourage businesses in the Quarter to adopt the Close The Door initiative. As simple as it sounds, closing your store or premises door will reduce the level of airborne pollutants inside by a third – making your workplaces safer and healthier for customers, clients and staff. Keeping your doors closed will also reduce electricity usage (and costs) by up to 50% when heating is in use. Being more energy efficient not only cuts costs, but reduces emissions from on-site boilers and / or the electricity grid. Find our more here.